Contributed by Loren H
Description: Roswell Slander SuitDate: June 29 1905
Source: my granary
Hon W W Gatewood as attorney for J D Render filed suit in the District Court of Roswell on the 14th last against J A Cottingham for $15,000 for alleged slander. The announcement raised a sensation as both men are prominent.They have been associated together in business,conducting the Roswell steam laundry. Cottingham is a member of the Roswell lumber society and is wealthy.
The plaintiff states after the trial of the case Cottingham versus Reeder at the May term of court,Cottingham made statements about Render's testimony that were slanderous and for this asks $15,000 damages.
Again claiming slander,Render asks $2,500 for statements alleged to have been made by Cottingham about the counter claim Render made in the original suit.In another county,Render claims $2500 damage for slander.
Both men are prominent in church circles. The case promises to be one of the most sensational civil cases ever tried at Roswell.Cottingham is a member of the Artesia Townsite Company and has made a fortune the last two years.